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If I'm trying to invite anyone and everyone into my work, that doesn't mean I use simplified language. Instead, I have to build a language that is both uncommon and understandable. - Jacqueline Suskin, Every Day is a Poem.
The fourth day in this writing challenge actually had several exercises to try including reading your work to others. I may yet still do that. But the exercise that leapt out at me was to try to find ways to write using more descriptive, emotional language instead of using common words that may have different meanings for different people. HMMM - what word to choose. There are so many that are open to interpretation - love, hate, joy, compassion, forest, sun, heat, cold.
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In the end I chose the word love as it's one that we hear regularly, often without a lot of depth to it. It's become almost like a hello at times. What one person means when they say, "I love you," to someone can be radically different than what it means to the person hearing the words, "I love you." Sometimes it comes from a sincere place, sometimes not. With 37 years of marriage behind me, I have come to look at the word love differently, especially in the last two years. I decided to try to explore this journey through poetry.
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Again, I am not trying to establish myself as a skilled poet. I am simply using this as a way to challenge myself as a writer. The idea of sharing the word love in a different way means getting very personal, and that is scary. However, I choose to take a leap into the unknown.
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